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Disaster Funds

Posted: Wed, July 16, 2014
News Release:  July 15, 2014

Individual Grant Assistance Funds for Chickasaw County Residents
(New Hampton) - Chickasaw County residents affected by the severe storms beginning June 26th may be eligible to apply for individual grant assistance to cover losses experienced due to the severe storms and associated flooding.  To qualify, households must be located within the disaster declaration area, and must meet income guidelines.
The program provides up to $5,000 per household to cover repairs, debris removal, furnace or water heater work, replacement of lost or spoiled food, and other household losses.
Households must have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline as shown below:
# in HH Maximum gross yearly income
1               $23,340
2               $31,460
3               $39,580
4               $47,700
Each additional household member add $8,120
Or the applicant must currently receive a benefit from the Iowa Department of Human Services, such as WIC, food assistance, Medicaid, FIP assistance, or child care assistance.
Because the eligibility process established for this program is complex, Chickasaw County residents who may benefit from this assistance are encouraged to contact the NEICAC Chickasaw County Family Service Office in New Hampton at (641) 394-2007 to begin the application process or they can contact NEICAC's Director of Community Outreach & Development directly at (563) 382-8436 (Decorah).
Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2014, or until all funding provided for this program has been expended.
For more information contact:
David P. Boss
Director of Community Outreach & Development
Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation
(563) 382-8436
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Public Schools & Economic Development

Posted: Tue, July 15, 2014
Below is a published study about public schools & their direct effect on economic development in your community.  With the school bond vote coming up in September, we thought this was a great article on the impact a new school would have on our community!

Research indicates that quality public schools can help make states & localities more economically competitive. 
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NH Farmer's Market Ice Cream Night!

Posted: Thu, July 3, 2014
Join us for FREE Soft Serve Ice Cream!
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New Hampton Job Fair

Posted: Wed, June 4, 2014
New Hampton Economic Development and IowaWORKS will be sponsoring a Job Fair on Tuesday, June 10th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the New Hampton High School. This is open to the public.
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Online Marketing Lunch & Learn

Posted: Wed, May 28, 2014
Join us Monday, June 23 for an Online Marketing Lunch & Learn at Big's Eds.  The cost of the lunch & learn will be $10.  Get all your web site & social media questions answered!

To register, visit: https://www.facebook.com/NewHorizonsChamber/app_1424338834502940 or call the Chamber office at 641-394-2021.

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Posted: Fri, May 16, 2014
Earn $10-$12 per hour in just 2 months!

FREE Orientation!
Tuesday, May 20   4-6 p.m.
Zip's Truck Equipment
316 W Milwaukee St, New Hampton

  •     Learn about jobs as a Certified Nurse Aide
  •     Tour facilities and meet the human resources staff of New Hampton Nursing & Rehab
  •     Find out more about the application process
  •     Discover how you can earn a certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements
  •     This orientation is mandatory for program participants

Does a career as a Certified Nurse Aide interest you?  Applicants are needed for the Certified Nurse Aide certificate program at Northeast Iowa Community College.  Participates will complete the Certified Nurse Aide certificate program in 80 hours and will have an opportunity to meet NICC's employer sponsor, New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

To register or for more information, call 800-728-2256 ext 399
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NICC FUN Spring Classes!

Posted: Fri, May 2, 2014

CALMAR—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the two-session class, "Garden Art: Making a Leaf Casting" (#30106), on Wednesday, June 4 and 11, at the Schoenfeld residence, located at 1053 South 4th Avenue, New Hampton.  Leaf casting, the use of real foliage as a concrete mold, is a creative process that captures the organic beauty of nature in a durable piece of art for your yard or garden. In addition to its attractiveness, when filled with water, a cast leaf basin attracts birds and other wildlife.

During the first session, students will choose from a variety of leaf types and put their castings to dry and cure until the second session. The following week, the cast basins are resealed and students paint them for outdoor use. A supply fee of $30 is due to the instructor at the first session.

To register online for "Garden Art: Making a Leaf Casting" (#30106), or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions, or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at (800) 728-2256, ext. 399.


CALMAR—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class "Tied Up in Knots" (#30013) on May 20 at the City Hall Community Room #112, located on East Spring Street, New Hampton.  This is the perfect class for community members who are ready to update their home décor for the fresh, new spring season. Using fabric with the latest designs, patterns and colors, participants learn a knotting technique to create a welcoming keepsake wreath to display.

Join instructor Megan Gleason and invite friends to the class. A supply fee of $20 is due to the instructor at the first session and covers all the class materials.

To register online for "Tied Up in Knots" (#30013), or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions, or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at (800) 728-2256, ext. 399.
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NICC Offers...

Posted: Mon, April 28, 2014

CALMAR—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class "A Garden in a Can" (#29892) on May 8, 2014 at Morris Landscaping and Garden Center from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Spring is finally here!  Create a beautiful and easy-care container garden using a colorful watering can as your planter. You'll learn about and choose a Proven Winner or other popular annual flower, use the right techniques to pot it up with soil, and top off your creation with decorator moss.  Finally, you can add pizazz to your watering can with colorful vinyl stickers that you "punch out". A supply fee of $20 is due to the instructor at class, and covers all the materials you need.  Just bring your green thumb!

To register online for "A Garden in a Can" (#29892), or for more information, visit www.nicc.edu/solutions, or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at call (800) 728-2256, ext. 399.

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Summer Lunch Program

Posted: Thu, April 3, 2014
The Summer Feeding Program will run from June 2nd- June 27th 2014. This is a FREE lunch provided for any and all kids ages 1-18. The lunch is being provided by the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Children are able to come & pick up their free lunch at the New Hampton Park & Recreation Office located at 112 East Spring Street. Lunch can be picked up Monday-Thursday from 11-1pm. If a child is unable to pick up his/her lunch, a family member or friend is also able to pick it up for them. You must register your son/daughter if you would like them to receive the free lunch.  For further questions or to register, contact Tara at Park & Rec, 641-394-5464.  See poster below for more details.

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SBDC Success Story Right Here in NH

Posted: Mon, March 24, 2014
Iowa Small Business Development Center

The business owners and entrepreneurs that they assist are the driving force behind Iowa's economic growth.  SBDC personnel are very dedicated and diligent and always do their best to help Iowa's businesses to flourish and grow. Each entrepreneur is unique and has a great story to tell.  Be sure to check out each company's website or Facebook page for even more information.  Here is a success story from New Hampton!

Mobile Ag Repair, New Hampton

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at the University of Northern Iowa helped Jason Shatek update his business plan, prepare necessary financial projections, and find sources of capital to fund needed updates of his existing mobile agricultural equipment repair business.

After working for seven different farm equipment dealers in two different states as an agricultural machinery technician, Jason Shatek decided there was very little chance for advancement in his chosen occupation. So he decided to create his own advancement by starting his own machinery repair service nearly five years ago in New Hampton, Iowa.

The large farming machines used today are difficult to transport to a dealer's shop. They are usually loaded on a semi-trailer truck, hauled to the dealership, repaired, and hauled back to the farmstead. Such transportation expense can be considerable. When competing with major-line, multi-location farm equipment dealerships, Jason knew he needed to serve a niche and have a strong competitive advantage, so he developed a repair shop on his service truck and took his business on the road. Jason began offering on-farm services to a multi-county area based around New Hampton.

Jason has grown his Mobile Ag Repair business since 2007 by offering high-quality, on-the-farm services specializing in John Deere equipment, but also providing services to all colors and makes of ag machinery. Entrepreneurship is contagious, evidenced by Jason's wife, Joy, who started her own business. The couple also buys and sells autos and farm equipment; taking care of rental properties consumes the rest of the couple's spare time.

Even though Mobile Ag Repair had been experiencing steady growth, the recent sluggish economy carried through into the farm economy, making it difficult for Jason to expand. Continual innovations in machinery technology requires education, shop manual updates, and test equipment.

Jason began to search for sources of capital to fund needed updates and was referred to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Northern Iowa. SBDC consultant Rich Petersen explained various funding programs and Jason decided to go with the Iowa MicroLoan program. The SBDC provided assistance in preparing his company's loan application, updating the company's business plan, and preparing the necessary financial projections.

The company's Iowa MicroLoan application was approved so Jason made his updates and successfully expanded and improved his business.

Jason said the business planning process with the SBDC was very helpful in developing growth strategies for the future of his business. When asked about the biggest challenges of business ownership, Jason replied, "Being the boss is nice, but some days, when working alone, it's hard to get motivated. It's easy to get distracted." According to Jason, "The SBDC has been very helpful in answering our questions and preparing a financial strategy. The program is a tremendous asset to the small business community."

For more information on Jason's services, visit www.iowamobileagrepair.com.

**If you are looking for assistance with your small business, visit: http://www.iowasbdc.org/home or contact New Hampton Economic Development, 394-2437.
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Drug Free Workplace Supervisor Training

Posted: Mon, March 10, 2014
Pathways Behavioral Services will be providing a two hour Drug-Free Workplace Training for Supervisors — Free of Charge!

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Place: New Hampton Economic Development Office
      112 East Spring Street New Hampton, IA 50659

For more information or to register contact Nora Kurtovic or Vicki Mueller at Pathways Behavioral Services at 319-235-6571 or E-mail: nkurtovic@pathwaysb.org.

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NICC Spring Classes

Posted: Thu, February 13, 2014
NICC is offering the following classes in New Hampton:

Microsoft Excel 2010 Fast-Paced - Level 2  (#27445)

Dates/Times: Tuesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 27, 2014 I 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: New Hampton High School, Computer Lab
Instructor: Jeff Meinecke
Cost: $129
Description:  This intermediate-level class introduces more features of Microsoft Excel 2010, building on Level 1. Students will learn to create large worksheets and workbooks, tables, outlines and templates. They will also practice inserting clip art, pictures, SmartArt and digital signatures. An illustrated textbook is included in the cost of the class.
Microsoft Word 2010 Fast-Paced - Level 2  (#27442)

Dates/Times: Tuesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 10, 2014 I 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: New Hampton High School, Computer Lab
Instructor: Jeff Meinecke
Cost: $129
Description: Now that you know the basics, you are ready to learn more complex Word skills including newsletter columns, WordArt and clip art, document themes, styles, picture editing, Mail Merge, footnotes and endnotes, headers, footers, templates, tables of contents and indexes and more. An illustrated textbook is included in the cost of the class.
Creative Memory T-Shirt Quilt (#27370)

Dates/Times:  Wednesday,March 19-April 2, 2014
Location: Quilter's Window
Instructor:  Denise Sinwell
Cost:  $29
Description: Need a graduation gift?  Have an overcrowded dresser drawer of keepsake t-shirts?  Then create a t-shirt quilt!  Bring 9 logo t-shirts for a small lap quilt or 20 shirts for a full sized quilt, and learn to prepare the shirts and assemble your 'Twist and Shout' quilt, using the pattern from You Did What? With My T-shirts.

To register for any of these classes, visit:  www.nicc.edu/solutions or call Diane at 641-229-0931.

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Northeast Iowa Small Business Development Center

Posted: Tue, January 28, 2014
Steve Horman from NICC's Small Business Development Center will be in New Hampton on February 4th.

Steve provides free, one-on-one business counseling services to start up and existing businesses in almost every area imaginable (i.e. business planning, marketing, financing, personnel management, import/export assistance, and succession planning).

For an appointment with Steve on February 4, contact Tammy or Megan at the Economic Development office at 394-2437 or nheconomic@windstream.net.  

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2nd Annual New Hampton Career Fair

Posted: Tue, January 21, 2014
Join us for our 2nd Annual New Hampton Career Fair!

We would like to have your participation in the New Hampton Career Fair.  The career fair will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at New Hampton High School gym.  The career fair will run from 9-11 am; noon - 2 pm.  You may begin setting up at 8 am.  Please be there and setup by 9 am as that is when students will arrive.  The high school will provide tables but you are welcome to bring any equipment/supplies you have of your own.  We encourage each employer to bring a handout that has all the employment positions you have at your place of business and if there is any schooling/training needed to obtain these jobs.  Attached are a couple examples.

Each class, 8th - 11th will have a scheduled time to attend the career fair.  It will be mandatory that every student (325 students) attend.  We have also invited Turkey Valley, Sumner-Fredericksburg, and Riceville high school students to join us.  Students will be required to talk with 2-3 employers and fill out a worksheet about what they learned. 

We would like to achieve the following:

o    Give area businesses the opportunity to give an overview of what their business entails to students.

o    Give area businesses the opportunity to recruit summer interns (if applicable)

o    Give area businesses the opportunity to inform students of employment opportunities in New Hampton with a high school degree, 2 year degree, or 4 year degree

o    Identify skills necessary for general employment and specific careers

o    Identify education (high school/post secondary) necessary for general employment and specific careers

This is your opportunity to get students to return to New Hampton after graduating from college.

We think this would be a great opportunity for our students to see and hear about what the New Hampton Business Community has to offer.

Please let Megan or Tammy know by Friday, February 28, 2014 (at the phone number or email below) if you will be taking advantage of this opportunity!

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On Site Job Fair

Posted: Tue, December 10, 2013
On Site Job Fair

ATEK Precision Casting
2205 Rusty Kennedy Rd, New Hampton

Thursday, December 12
1:00-3:30 pm
Interview and plant tours will be offered

For more information, call 563-382-2119

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Iowa Ranked 3rd Best Run State

Posted: Tue, December 3, 2013
The Best & Worst Run States in America

Iowa ranked 3rd best run state.  To read the full article go to:

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Giving Tuesday

Posted: Tue, November 19, 2013
How will you give on #GivingTuesday?

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is excited to announce their 2013 #GivingTuesday Facebook contest.  #GivingTuesday is December 3, the Tuesday immediately after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.  The idea is to remind folks the importance of giving back after the weekend shopping blitz.

Below you will find contest details:

1.  On December 3, 2013, GIVE. Give of your time, your talent, your resources. Give what you can, big or small, to any cause you care most about.
2.  Document your giving! Take a photo or short video and upload it to CFNEIA Facebook page. Submissions must be published on their page between 12:00am and 11:59pm CST on December 3, 2013.
3.  Three winners will be selected to make a $500 grant in their honor to the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of their choosing in CFNEIA's 24 county service area (all of Northeast Iowa, including Chickasaw County).

Check out the official #GivingTuesday website to learn more about the national movement and why it's important.
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TriMark's Part-time Job Fair

Posted: Fri, October 25, 2013
On Monday, October 28, from 9 AM to 2 PM,  TriMark will be hosting a PART TIME sign up day.  Labor Ready will be there to sign up local candidates that are interested in working at TriMark part time.  They are looking for anyone 18 years of age or older who can commit to part time hours on a regular schedule.  Candidates must provide two forms of ID, take a drug test and pass their background check.
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Chickasaw County Community Foundation Grant

Posted: Wed, October 16, 2013
The Chickasaw County Community Foundation grant is now available!  Go to:  https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?urlkey=cfneia  and log in to apply.  You must apply online.  Applications will be taken through December 31, 2013.

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Strengthening Families Program

Posted: Fri, October 4, 2013
Do you have a child in your life between the ages of 10-14?  A son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild?  Do you wonder how you can help them now be successful in the future?  Do you want to maintain a positive relationship with this young person during the challenging teen years?  

Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is coming to New Hampton this fall, starting Monday, October 28 and is a proven, effective family program that promotes positive communication, family bonding and joint problem solving skills that is recognized across the country for its positive impacts on children, families, and communities. The seven-week FREE program is being offered to any student 5th-8th grade and their families Monday nights, 5:30-8:00PM, from October 28 through December 9.

The program begins with a FREE meal for the family at 5:30PM. FREE childcare is provided for younger siblings during the two-hour program. During the first hour of the program the parents and youth meet separately, but work on similar skills. During the second hour, parents and youth have fun together as they play games and do family projects.

Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is a wonderful program for the families that participate and for the community as a whole. If you are interested in learning more about the program, as family interested in participating or looking to provide support for the program either through funding or donations of supplies, please contact Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Chickasaw County at 641-394-2174.

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Did you Know?

Posted: Wed, October 2, 2013
Did you know...

-There was a 10% growth in Iowa's exports in 2012 (more than double the U.S. growth rate of 4.6%)
-Manufacturing employment gained 7,000 jobs in 2012, the highest of any industry in Iowa
-Iowa has the 5th lowest unemployment rate in the Nation
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Did you Know?

Posted: Mon, September 30, 2013
Did you know. . .

Iowa ranks among the top five best run states
Iowa's economy had a 13.8% growth rate over the last five years
Iowa's 2012 GDP was $152 Billion
Iowa's economy had 3rd highest growth rate in per capita personal income
State retail sales tax revenues grew nearly 5% in 2012 (the highest they have been in 5 years)

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Dream Big, Grow Here

Posted: Tue, September 17, 2013
Enter now in the Dream Big Grow Here grant contest. This is an opportunity for Iowans to fulfill their dreams of self-employment or expansion of their current firm. Entrants compete online for a chance to win a $5,000 regional grant.  Click on the link:  www.dreambiggrowhere.com for more information.

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Job Fair

Posted: Tue, September 17, 2013
Manpower, out of Mason City, will be holding a job fair in the New Hampton Library on Thursday, September 19th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  They are looking for general production workers in the New Hampton area.  If anybody has any specific questions, they can contact the Decorah Iowa office at (563) 382-2119 or the Mason City office at (641) 421-7430.
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New Hampton-NICC Classes

Posted: Fri, September 6, 2013
The following, are classes that NICC is offering in New Hampton this coming fall.  To sign up, click on the name of the class & that will take you to the web site you can register on.  If you have any questions or have any suggestions for upcoming classes, contact Stephanie Dennler at 563-562-3263 x219 or by email dennlers@nicc.edu.

Drawing: Faces and Figures
Dates/Times: Mondays, October 14-November 4, 2014 I 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: New Hampton High School, Room 206
Instructor: David Prehm
Cost: $99
Description: A drawing class for everyone. Come and explore techniques that will relieve the anxiety of doing portraits and sketching the human form. Demonstrations and studio time will focus on proportion of shapes and explore the media of pencil, charcoal and Conte'. All skill levels welcome! Supplies are included in the cost of the class.

Microsoft Excel 2010 Fast-Paced - Level 1
Dates/Times: Tuesday, Oct 15 and Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 I 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: New Hampton High School, Computer Lab
Instructor: Jeff Meinecke
Cost: $129
Description: This class is for users with little or no experience with Microsoft Excel 2010. Students will learn about the new Ribbon interface and practice data entry and editing, selecting cells and ranges and formatting cell contents. An introduction to creating charts, using formulas and printing worksheets is also included. An illustrated textbook is included in the cost of the class.

Microsoft Word 2010 Fast-Paced - Level 1
Dates/Times: Tuesday, Oct 22 and Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 I 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: New Hampton High School, Computer Lab
Instructor: Jeff Meinecke
Cost: $129
Description: Microsoft Word 2010 is designed to help you create professional quality documents. With the finest document formatting tools, Word helps you organize and write your documents more efficiently. Microsoft Word 2010 also includes powerful editing and revising tools so that you can collaborate with others easily. The templates, including basic resumes, job-specific resumes, agendas, print business cards, and faxes will make these tasks seem effortless.  An illustrated textbook is included in the cost of the class.

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Theisen's is Expanding!

Posted: Wed, July 3, 2019
July 3, 2019
Media Release:  For immediate publication
For more information, contact:
Rod Kight, Theisen's Home • Farm • Auto
Email: rodk@theisens.com Phone: 563-556-4738

Theisen's Home Farm Auto is excited to announce we are moving.  In order to better serve our loyal New Hampton customers, we are moving from our current 16,200 sq ft building at 413 W Milwaukee St. to a larger 42,000 sq. ft former Shopko store at 660 W Milwaukee St. 

"We feel it is a great investment in a community that has welcomed and shopped at our company for the past 22 years.  We look forward to providing an expanded offering as well as continuing to give back to the community" Chris Theisen, Chief Facilities Officer, Theisen's Supply.

The new building will be more than twice the size of our current location which will enable us to provide an extensive expansion of products throughout all departments.  Specifically, in the areas of clothing, footwear, farm, pets, sporting goods and hardware. Customers will enjoy new automotive service bays, a Red Wing® footwear shop, expanded Wrangler, Carhartt, and Ariat offerings.  A full line of firearms and expanded hunting equipment will be added along with a Yeti shop in Sporting Goods.  An expanded line of DeWalt and Milwaukee power tools along with Hobart welding equipment in Hardware.  New brands of pet food and basic consumable offerings.  And much more.

We hope to be in our new location and open by the end of October, 2019.

Theisen's Home  Farm  Auto serves our customers by offering top quality brands at an excellent value, focusing keenly on exceptional customer service. Theisen's currently operates 24 stores across Iowa and Wisconsin. 

Opened in 1927 by the Theisen family, the Theisen's locations are supported by the corporate headquarters and distribution center located in Dubuque, IA

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Compost Site

Posted: Wed, June 26, 2019
Beginning July 1st the compost site fees and hours will be changing to the following:

Tuesday & Thursday: 3-7pm or Dusk
Saturday: 9am- 1pm

Fees:  $5 per vehicle or single axle trailer
         $10 per double axle trailer
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Jendro July 4th Collection

Posted: Fri, June 7, 2019
All Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday routes will run on regular schedule.

All Thursday, July 4th routes will be collected on Friday, July 5th.

All trash & recycling MUST be out by 5:00 AM or it will not be collected.
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